POLITICAL & SOCIAL CHANGE IS IN THE AIR
Recently, conversations and protests about racism against black, indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) has been at the forefront of many of our daily lives. On Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020, millions observed #BlackoutTuesday to show solidarity to Black protesters across North America. However, posting and sharing on social media is not enough.
What else can we do to support the movement in our everyday lives? How do we continue to show support for our #BIPOC community members once the news cycle moves on? By asking ourselves these questions, we can begin to understand why and how it is essential for us to make a change.
Continue reading to learn about what we all can do to support BIPOC communities across Canada!
HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS & IDEAS FOR YOU TO CONSIDER:
Continue to educate yourself and do the work. Start with a simple Google search! This is where Fempire Builders began our journey to better understand the struggles of women in minority groups. There are a lot of resources to help us get started. Consider looking into texts that advocate against racism, or even just texts highlighting the struggles of living as a minority. A Different Booklist has a wonderful collection of resources to add to your reading list. Another incredible woman you can follow to learn more from is Maria Michelle Lee. She is an inspirational woman voicing her experience and sharing insights that have been helpful for Samantha in understanding allyship.
Reflect on the privileges and biases you may not know you have. Establish space for yourself to feel and question the experiences you’ve had. This is part of our journey to unlearn privilege while contributing to the greater struggles at hand. These posts by Courtney Ariel and Tatiana Mac can help to begin the process of unlearning. Another iconic woman for us to learn from is the motivational speaker Christen N. James. In the video below, she does an incredible job of explaining why we have to get a uncomfortable before we can embark on the journey towards change
- Commit to no longer remaining silent. Speak out when we see racism and use our platforms to speak out on issues! We are all responsible for standing up for one another in our community.
IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY, DO SOMETHING INSTEAD!
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3) Be conscious of who’s missing at the table going forward in all of your interactions. Who’s voices are not being represented? What points of view and experiences aren’t being addressed? These are questions we need to be asking ourselves constantly.
4) Social posts demonstrate your support, but social action supports what you demonstrate. Actively speaking out against social injustice or even questionable use of terminology is the best way to be an ally. An example of this is a post made by @thetracymoore on Instagram. The post distinctly acknowledges means of continuously supporting the black community.
WHAT ARE FEMPIRE BUILDERS KEY TAKEAWAYS?
Remember that everyone affects change in their own way. Just because you don’t see it in public doesn’t mean that action, unlearning, and tough conversations aren’t happening in private. The important thing is that we are all moving in the same direction and are here for the long haul. To keep moving forward, you need to:
- Put in the work to educate yourself,
- Speak up and speak proudly,
- Take action to show your support and demonstrate a united front,
- Keep striving for true equality. Today, tomorrow – for as long as it takes. We must keep voicing our intolerance for injustice.